For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…Romans 1:16.
There is an interesting discussion going on at Possessing the Treasure about whether we need to lead someone in the ‘sinner’s prayer’ (or use any gimmicks) when sharing the gospel.
Here is a quote from the post:
Is a sinner’s prayer necessary for salvation? Is it wrong to use one in sharing the gospel? If we read the New Testament from Matthew through Revelation we will find not one example of anyone praying a sinner’s prayer to be saved. Look at the example of Philip sharing the gospel with the Ethiopian eunuch in the passage at the top of this post. The eunuch was reading from the book of Isaiah. The Holy Spirit commanded Philip to approach and join the chariot. The eunuch was obviously reading aloud, which was how the ancients read. Philip heard him read from Isaiah 53. He offers to explain the passage. Philip explains that what he was reading is a prophecy about Christ. Then he preached the good news about Jesus to the eunuch……he explained to the eunuch that Jesus had provided a way for people to be saved from the penalty for their sins which separated them from God who is Holy and Righteous. What was the eunuch’s response? He believed immediately and asked to be baptized
The gospel powerfully brings people to repentance and faith. The gospel is the power of God for salvation. It does not need any help.